Date: 14/06/2018 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Towards a new refugee and migration system?
EMN Norway: Conference 21 June 2018.
Venue: R5 Auditorium, Akersgt. 59, Oslo.
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Sustainable migration from poor to rich countries
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08:30 Registration and coffee/tea
09:00 Welcome remarks, Terje Sjeggestad, Director General, Ministry of Justice and Public Security
09:05 Information by chair Øyvind Jaer, EMN National Contact Point
09:10 Presentation by Tor Mikkel Wara, Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
2. Defining Sustainable Migration
09:25 Presentation by Jørgen Carling, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
09:50 Q and A.
3. Sustainable Migration Framework
10:00 Presentation by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, Professors, University of Oxford
11:20 Coffee/tea (15 min. break)
11:35 Comments on Betts and Collier’s Framework: Grete Brochmann, Professor, University of Oslo.
11:55 Comments on “Sustainable Refuge”: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Research Director, Raol Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
12:15 Discussion, Q and A: Grete Brochmann, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Pål Nesse (NRC), Martin Wyss (IOM), Marta Bivand Erdal (PRIO). Moderator: Alexander Betts
13:00 Lunch (45 min. break)
4. Relevance and applicability
13:45 For Norway: Frode Forfang, Director General, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.
14:05 For EU: Magnus Ovilius, Head of Return Sector, Irregular Migration & Chair European Migration Network
14:25 For UN: Grainne O’Hara, Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR.
14:45 Coffee/tea (10 min. break)
14:55 Discussion and Q and A: The 3 speakers, Torstein Ulserød (Civita), Guri Tyldum (Fafo). Moderator: Jan-Paul Brekke (ISF).
15:40 Concluding remarks: Alexander Betts
15:55 Closing remarks, Terje Sjeggestad
16:00 End of conference
Sir Paul Collier, CBE, is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. He is a Director of the International Growth Centre and a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, Paris.
His research covers fragile states; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures.
Recent books include The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize. His latest book with Alexander Betts is Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a changing world (Oxford University Press, 2017). In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.
Alexander Betts and Paul Collier have written the paper: Sustainable migration framework, 2018, to be presented at the conference.
Alexander Betts is Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford, where he was previously the Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations.
His research focuses on the international politics of asylum, migration and humanitarianism with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is author or editor of numerous books, book chapter, articles and papers. He wrote the book Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a changing world (Oxford University Press, 2017) together with Paul Collier.
Betts has also worked for UNHCR and as a consultant for the Council of Europe, UNDP, NICEF, IOM, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Alexander Betts and Paul Collier has written the paper: Sustainable migration framework, 2018, to be presented at the conference.
Jørgen Carling is a Research Professor in migration and transnationalism studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Carling has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Verde, Italy and the Netherlands, primarily with Cape Verdeans, but also with migrants from Ghana and China.
Through statistical data and secondary analysis, he has engaged with migration to Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and United Kingdom, as well as to Europe more generally.
Carling has published numerous articles in the field of migration and transnationalism. His latest publication: Revisiting aspiration and ability in international migration (with Kerilyn Schewel, Journal of Ethnic and Migration studies, 2017). Jørgen Carling has together with Marta Bivand Erdal, Cindy Horst and Cathrine Talleraas written the paper Defining Sustainable Migration 2018, which is to be presented at the conference.
Grete Brochmann is a Professor at University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography.
Her research is in International migration; European immigration policy; Comparative integration policies in welfare states and in the Nordic region as well as historical studies of immigration to Norway. Grete Brochmann has held a series of position in the Research Council of Norway; she has been board member at PRIO, ARENA, Freedom of Expression Foundation, The Norwegian Refugee Council, The Swedish research Council FAS among others.
Brochmann has been member of two Governmental Commissions, and has just completed leading a Commision on International migration and the Norwegian welfare model; Brochmann II. Brochmann latest publication is Immigration policies of the Scandinavian countries, in Peter Nedergaard & Anders Wivel (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics, 2017.
Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen is Research Director at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and adjunct Professor of Law at Aarhus University. He received his PhD (in international law) from Aarhus University.
His research focuses on international refugee law, human rights, and the relationship between international law and politics.
He is author or editor of several books, including Access to Asylum: International Refugee Law and the Globalisation of Migration Control (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Tracing the Roles of Soft Law in Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Frode Forfang, Director General of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
Frode Forfang has worked in the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration since 1998 and since 2007 as Deputy Director General. Since 2012 Forfang has had the position as Director General.
Before joining the UDI, Forfang was State Secretary for development cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His professional background also includes positions as International Secretary of the Norwegian Labour Party and Information Officer at the European Commission’s Delegation to Norway. Frode Forfang holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in political science from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Magnus Ovilius, Head of Return Sector, Irregular Migration & Chair European Migration Network. Magnus Ovilius is responsible for the European Commission's Return Policy formulation and Return Management for irregular migration in the EU. Prior to that Magnus Ovilius was responsible for coordination & direction of global government relations issues & group initiatives for Smiths Group as Senior Vice President in the private sector.
Prior to joining Smiths Group, Magnus Ovilius was with the European Commission where he held various management positions most recently as Head of Sector Preparedness and Crisis Management in DG Justice Freedom and Security responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of European Union counter-terrorism policies including defence related aspects of counter-terrorism, law enforcement led civil protection, critical infrastructure protection, crisis management, CBRNE policies, G8 Roma/Lyon meetings and Security Research.
Magnus Ovilius career include being posted as a diplomat responsible for operations and coordination of cooperation to the Russian Federation representing the European Commission. Magnus Ovilius holds a degree of Master of Laws from the University of Lund in Sweden.
Grainne O’Hara is Director, Division of International Protection, UNHCR. Ms. O’Hara is an Irish national. She holds a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar in Ireland in 1992. After two years of service with the Free Legal Advice Centres in Dublin, she opted for an international career and joined UNHCR in 1994 as a United Nations Volunteer.
In 24 years with UNHCR, she has served in a variety of functions and operational settings spanning a wide range of protection related responsibilities. Her postings have included Mexico; fYROM; Kosovo; Burundi; Sudan; the Caribbean; the United States of America; Afghanistan; Syria; Iraq and Jordan.
She took up her current assignment as Director of the Division of International Protection on 1 June 2018 following a preceding position as Deputy Director at UNHCR’s Office in New York.
Other confirmed speakers/panelists
Tor Mikkel Wara
Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
Director General, Ministry of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
EMN National Contact Point, Ministry of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
Chief of Mission Netherlands, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Marta Bivand Erdal
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Senior Adviser Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Research Fellow, Fafo
Lawyer and Project manager, Civita
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research (ISF)
Two EMN Norway Occasional Papers have been produced to the conference:
Authors: Marta Bivand Erdal, Jørgen Carling, Cindy Horst & Cathrine Talleraas (PRIO, 2018)
Authors: Alexander Betts & Paul Collier (University of Oxford, 2018)
A factual overview of the main policy developments in migration and international protection in Norway during 2017, including latest statistics.
Documents in Norwegian
Hovedpunkter fra «Refuge – Transforming a Broken Refugee system».
Oppsummering av EMNs årsrapport om migrasjon og asyl for 2017.
Welcome and closing remarks (PDF)
Director General, Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Challenges. Introduction at the EMN Norway Conference 21 June 2018 (PDF)
Tor Mikkel Wara
Norwegian Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration
Sustainable Migration. A Framework for Responding to Migration from Poor to Rich Countries (PDF)
Alexander Betts and Paul Collier
University of Oxford
Comments on “Sustainable Refuge” (PDF)
Research Director, Raol Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Defining sustainable migration (PDF)
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo
Comments on Betts and Collier’s Framework (PDF)
Professor, University of Oslo